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When you’re with people who know you well, your intolerance is less likely to create a problem.The first time you’re having a meal with someone, though, it’s necessary for you to offer an explanation when you say you can’t eat whatever it is that your condition requires.On top of all the other situations that can go south at a first meal, this only complicates the situation.Aloni and her fellow researchers believe that being unable to tolerate gluten has its own special challenges.Although the percentage of the population that has the diagnosis of Celiac Disease (which demands being gluten-free) has remained stable over the past decade, the percentage of people who follow the gluten-free diet has tripled to about 9 million adults in the U. Ironically, if you don’t need to restrict your gluten intake, but do so anyway, you might actually impair your health.What’s worse, from an impression-management point of view, you might also be limiting your romantic partner options.The Western Connecticut State authors observe that there are pluses and minuses to letting others know about your dietary restrictions.On the one hand, because a gluten-free diet is one of the latest health-food fads, you’ll seem to be a good potential partner, because you are so health-conscious.

In a situation such as a meal, however, anything can happen.Furthermore, as the authors note, “Someone who is picky with food choices might be seen as someone who would be high-maintenance in other aspects of their life” (p. And then, finally, taking into account gender stereotypes, the gluten-free man should be at particularly high risk for looking not just picky, but too “feminine.” Being gluten-free, the authors suggest, should detract less from the impression a woman makes compared to a man. investigated the impact of being gluten-free on people’s perceptions of potential romantic partners.In the first study, a sample of 161 undergraduates (about two-thirds female) completed open-ended measures assessing the gluten-free stereotype (using an open-ended question) and what a gluten-free date would be like.When you’re in control of the situation, it’s a bit easier to also control the outcome.You can place yourself in as flattering a light as possible by showing that you’re poised and self-confident (but not too self-confident).

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